Monday, May 16, 2022

3 adults, 2 children die in Khayelitsha shack fire

Three adults and two children died in a blaze in Site B, Khayelitsha in the early hours on Sunday morning.

The City of Cape Town's fire and rescue services said the victims had died in an informal structure.

"The City's Fire and Rescue Service was alerted to the fire at 4.30am, with reports indicating that an informal structure was burning in France informal settlement," said Jermaine Carelse, the City's Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson.

Carelse said the victims all succumbed to burn wounds.

"When the fire crew from Lansdown Road Fire Station arrived on scene they were confronted with a fully engulfed structure. As fire fighting operations ensued the bodies of three adults, a man, a woman, and one whose gender is unknown, as well as those of a boy and girl were discovered. They had succumbed to fatal burn wounds.

Carelse added that the fire was extinguished just after 05:20 and the scene was handed over to the South African Police Service, shortly after 06:00.


PICTURE: CoCT Fire & Rescue Services

Done By: Mitchum George

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